Living With Type 1 Diabetes: I Hear You, But I’m Not You

I’ve had type 1 diabetes for nearly 14 years. I have fallen off the wagon a few times, battled diabulimia, survived numerous insulin shock comas and ketoacidosis episodes, and struggled with acceptance: I have my scars. Despite these mistakes, I’ve picked myself up countless times and have prevailed. I’ve persevered with a disease that doesn’t take vacations for even a minute, and I’ve come out

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Diabetes Health Type 1: The Stress of Type 1 Often Leads to Diabulimia

Living with type 1 diabetes means that you have a different relationship with food than other people. You live your life in between the demanding rituals that happen multiple times a day; before and after a meal or any type of snack. When I look down at my plate I don’t just see the food itself, I see numbers. After living with type 1 diabetes

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AskNadia: My Wife is A Type 1 Diabetic Who Skips Taking Her Insulin

Dear Nadia, My wife has been a type 1 diabetic for 20 years, and I worry about her because she does not always take her insulin. She is trim and seems fine but how can it be OK to skip taking your insulin? JM Dear JM: If your wife is on a CGM and is skipping her insulin because she does  not take that much

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AskNadia: My Wish for You in The New Year!

This time of year, I always like to look back at the previous year and reflect on the people and the events that shaped me; giving thanks for what I have learned and reflecting on what I would like to improve on. Health tops my priority every year. Making sure I spend time with my family and friends is part of my mental health; regularly

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Type 1 Diabetes: You Are Not Alone With Diabulimia

A small hand slowly rises at the back of the room. “Yes, in the black shirt,” I call out. I can’t see the woman; she seems somehow shrunken into herself, a sweater pulled around her so tightly as if she’s trying to escape into the fabric. Silence seems to pervade until a small sniffle echoes through the conference room, then suddenly, sobbing-the kind that breaks

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Diabulimia: The Illusion of Control

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 14.  Suddenly, I went from being a carefree teenager to a patient who had to be concerned with every carbohydrate in a cracker.  Not only was I dealing with the hormones and emotional adjustments of adolescence, but I was also learning to cope with and accept a disease that wanted a part of every

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